Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset second seed Roger Federer in the final of ATP Rogers Cup in Toronto to lift the second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of his career.
Tsonga knocked out top seed Novak Djokovic, two-time grand slam winner Andy Murray and rising star Grigor Dimitrov in reaching the final and he ensured that hard work would not go to waste as he defeated Swiss star Federer 7-5 7-6 (7/3).
The Frenchman, seeded 13th, made the most of the only break point from either player in the opening set to take control of the game.
He then fashioned six break points in the second set - compared to none again for Federer - and although he could not take any of them, the 29-year-old prevailed through the tie-break.
It was only Tsonga's fifth win in 16 career meetings with Federer but earned him his 11th tour title and second at this level, following his win at the 2008 BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
"Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me" - Roger Federer
Tsonga, who will return to the top 10 of the rankings for the first time since March following his success in Canada, told atpworldtour.com: "I think for the moment I don't realize really what I achieved this week, but it's a big achievement for me.
"It's completely different than before when I won in Paris. In Paris it was the first one, behind my family, all my friends, everybody. Here I just did it with my level, with my game.
"I played well all week. I beat many good guys. It's a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year."
Tsonga won 94 per cent of points on his first serve and Federer admitted he struggled to deal with his opponent's delivery.
"Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me," he said.
"No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to and I think he served well overall, which was key for him.
"I'm overall pretty happy that I made the finals in my first tournament back on hard courts. I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks."